Last Updated: July 21, 2022

Yesterday was Day 1 of the 30 Days of Summer experiment! In case you missed my last update, the context is that I’ll be writing a daily journal for the next 30 days. What you’re reading is the first one. Here are some links with context about this experiment (skip if you read it yesterday).

What is 30 days of summer?

About

When I decided to do this and posted on Instagram about it, my next thought was: crap, what will I write about? What helped was deciding on a structure. I plan to have two parts in each post. Part 1 will be a “Rant”, which will contain a short discussion of one topic. Part 2 will be a “Log”, which will explain what I did in the day. It’s interesting how much structure can help calm nerves. Too many personal and organizational problems stem from either too little or too much structure. More on that in a future rant.

Part 1: Rant

What’s the Daily Practice?

The Daily Practice is something I do every morning so that I can go through the rest of my day with focus. I’ve been doing variations of this for the past few months, but I’ve been following this exact practice for just the past month. Most of this is pretty common knowledge, so why am I talking about it? The idea is that maybe seeing your friend do it will hit differently than a Reddit thread by GamerGirlDotEth. I’d also like to give a Daily Practice screenshot update every day, so it made sense to explain it upfront so I don’t have to explain it again. I’ll be brief here since the benefits of these things are obvious, and I’ll try to instead focus on what makes my process different. See the image below for today’s update.

Daily Practice Log for July 20, 2022

Daily Practice Log for July 20, 2022

I want to stress that I am very far from perfect in executing on all these fronts every day, but that is not the point. Even doing this only 50% of the week is a huge value-add for me. On that note, I’d love to hear - do you have a Daily Practice, and if so, what is it?

Part 2: Log

Yesterday, I: